Sunday, February 5, 2012
CITY OF AIKEN, S.C. --- Investigators report a 19-year-old man is dead after he was shot in the head in Hahn Village.
Coroner Tim Carlton identified the victim as Moses Williams of Aiken.
Aiken Public Safety Officers were called to the scene on the 300 block of Bradby lane just after 11:30 p.m. Investigators believe Williams was shot while sitting in the driver's seat of a parked vehicle. Williams' girlfriend then moved him into the passenger's seat and rushed him to the hospital.
Aiken Public Safety's Lt. David Turno says, "They didn't want to want to wait on an ambulance, and we understand that. They did get him to the hospital, but his injuries were too severe."
Investigators responded to both Hahn Village and Aiken Regional Hospital to process evidence in the car and at the scene at Hahn Village.
Officers believe the gunman left on foot. There is no description of a suspect at this time. Investigators were back at the scene today searching for witnesses and evidence. "Last night nobody was talking. so this morning we're back out in the neighborhood, canvassing the areas, we're just asking everybody, pretty much pleading with them, to please talk to us. Let us know what went on," says Lt. Turno.
Lt. Turno says by all accounts, Moses Williams wasn't one to be in trouble. He has no known record of run-ins with the law, and no evidence to suggest a drug crime. "Everything we can tell this morning, from his background, he was a good young man. Perhaps had just fallen into the wrong crowd here lately. We've never had any issues with him before so it looks like just a tragic event for this young man."
"I was shock about the shooting. Then to find out- it was a friend of mine's son. That bothered me a lot, too," Catherine Lightsey moved to Hahn Village about four months ago. "The reason I moved out here was I heard the neighborhood had changed. That it was a better neighborhood."
Now, she says this shooting has her worried about her family's safety. "The violence has gotten really bad with the young folks. I've got kids myself, and I worry about them. It makes me think, it could have been my child."
Lt. Turno points out, "Hahn village has had its rollercoaster times. And the neighborhood out there is trying. They've had some success in the past. There are camera systems out there so we're looking into those. They've also implemented ID systems."
He's hoping any video and witnesses will come forward with information so they can piece together what really happened Sunday night.
"I really hope they get the person who done this. Because that make you really feel unsafe to have a killer on the loose,"Lightsey adds.
Lt. Turno points believes, "This is not an isolated random event. Somebody knows something."
If you have any information in this case, you can call or text Crimestoppers of the Midlands at 888-274-6372. They offer rewards up to $1,000 for information that helps in a case. Tipsters may remain anonymous.